Ex-Lib Dem to stand for Greens in Ribble Valley

Graham Sowter - Green Party Candidate
Graham Sowter - Green Party Candidate
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A former Liberal Democrat councillor has entered the race to become the Ribble Valley’s next MP.

Langho resident Graham Sowter will stand for The Green Party in May’s General Election.

After a vote of local members of The Green Party, Graham was selected by a comfortable majority. Given the recent surge in the Greens’ membership and opinion poll ratings, the local East Lancashire party felt it was important to contest as many seats as possible. They last contested the seat in the 1991 by-election.

After a period out of active politics, Graham, who is also chairman of Whalley Community Hydro – a renewable energy scheme, was persuaded to return by what he sees as the serious problems the country faces, which the current bigger parties are failing to address.

He said: “At a time when we are entitled to expect vision and statesmanship from our political leaders, we get tactical positioning, petty point scoring and the politics of the playground.

“Anyone who watches Prime Minister’s Questions on TV will know what I mean.

“I think there’s a big responsibility on my generation to support the move to more sustainable lifestyles and not use up too many of the resources on which future generations will depend.

“Older people need to be much more aware of the ways in which their lives can impact on the younger generation, for better and for worse.

“It seems to me only the Green Party has many of the answers.”